Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Grid 2 comes close to perfection, but since nothing or nobody is perfect, we would like to point out a few tiny, little flaws. We miss the cockpit view dearly and the game could have benefited greatly from a dynamic weather system and longer races. [June 2013, p.80]
  2. Grid 2 is a gem of a racer. There’s never been any doubt that Codemasters have the skills and resources to make good looking games with world-class handling, and Grid 2 reinforces that. While its storyline provides reason, the thrilling events are the reason you’re here. [July 2013, p74]
  3. 90
    Grid might have been gone for 5 years, but in those years it developed into a truly great and unique racing game. From the wide variety of cars, to the insane level of detail and the great audio, Grid 2 offers something for all racing fans. While simulation racing fans might not prefer the mix with arcade, Codemasters did a an excellent job blending the two styles and making something quite unique.
  4. May 28, 2013
    A redefined handling system, new cars, more challenges, a compelling multiplayer, strong social features and, above all, a lot of fun. GRID 2 is an enjoyable arcade driving experience, highly recommended for all kinds of motor fans.
  5. Jun 9, 2013
    GRID 2 occupies a weird spot between sim and arcade racer. If you know what you are getting into this is a solid title that doesn't try to break any molds. Online racing a track design could be more compelling though.
  6. Jun 4, 2013
    With a variety of driving disciplines pulled from all corners of the globe, Grid 2 is an exciting blend of arcade and simulation racing.
  7. May 28, 2013
    What GRID 2 does best is not trying to copy any of its rivals. Everything works great and, above all, it manages to always be entertaining.
  8. May 28, 2013
    Codemasters steers further in the direction of pure arcade racing by eliminating posh extras such as cockpit views and set-up options, in favor of spectacular visuals and social features. Oversteering and underdeveloped, GRID 2's driving mechanics still remain quite solid and fully enjoyable by anyone.
  9. May 28, 2013
    I like that Grid 2's multiplayer carrot tastes slightly different than the single-player one, but ultimately the game – apart from the LiveRoutes system – isn't the revelation that I was hoping for. Codemasters has proven that it can deliver a compelling racing experience on the track, but we'll have to keep on waiting for the next big leap forward.
  10. Jun 18, 2013
    Grid 2 is an entertaining, nicely polished racing game. With many fantastic locales, awesome cars, nicely devised events, and a really attractive presentation, there’s a lot to like.
  11. May 29, 2013
    GRID 2 will be a hit for every fan of arcade racing titles. The game is extremely fun, and relies on several key aspects such as a very well developed gameplay and a variety of different game modes and tracks. Besides all this, the technical aspects are of high quality, giving this title a characteristic look that makes for the icing on the cake in this excellent game.
  12. Jun 7, 2013
    GRID 2 brings a fast and fun racing experience that will keep your appetite in check until the next generation racers get here. Just don't go into it expecting a Gran Turismo-like depth.
  13. May 28, 2013
    Its continued shift away from its sim pedigree will still disappoint those of us who fondly recall the Race Driver games of old, but it still a great, modern package. A well-curated car list, a great sense of speed, and a well-thought out career mode combine in a racer that is a lot of fun to play through.
  14. Lacking its predecessors’ ideas, but a worthy twilight joyride for the Ego engine that nails the white-knuckle speed and screaming tyres like few others.
  15. May 28, 2013
    GRID 2 is not for you if you want extreme realism and simulation. But if you want a fun, nice, well finished and deeper game, here it is. Codemasters has shown that driving is its wonder.
  16. May 28, 2013
    The extensive RaceNet-powered multiplayer mode, in particular, offers an enormous amount of things to do and players to challenge, which should keep fans on the road until the studio's next hotly-anticipated release. Let's just hope we don't have to wait another five years for GRID 3.
  17. Jun 24, 2013
    The odd assist-heavy handling won't be to everyone's liking. [Issue#232, p.76]
  18. Sep 17, 2013
    To be honest, we didn’t quite expected GRID 2. It’s not as refreshing as the first part, but it still offers some spectacular races with amazing controls. Besides that, the multiplayer is of top class level and the audio will make your ears scream for more.
  19. Oct 7, 2013
    Grid 2 feels rushed and unpolished, there is tons of better arcade racing games out there. I'd rather play the first GRID. [Aug 2013]
  20. Jun 18, 2013
    For many, Race Driver: GRID redefined the racing genre, and while GRID 2 hits many of the same beats as its predecessor, it never feels like it's trying to make the same impact. Instead, this is a fairly conservative effort that dismisses simulation driving in favour of adrenaline fuelled racing, resulting in an experience that, while fun to play, is a little safe. In the end, the loss of ‘Race Driver’ in the title says it all – this is a good arcade racer, but in a market already saturated with similar titles, it struggles to find a place upon the grid.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 142 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31
  1. May 28, 2013
    Thank you for creating this amazing game. I'm loving it, the cars are incredible, the gameplay is perfect and the tracks are very well done! and what about the "Live Routes"? A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Full Review »
  2. May 28, 2013
    Finally! Its been too long since original Grid. Im loving this this should keep any racing fan entertained until gt6 announcements or The Last of Us comes out Full Review »
  3. Jun 1, 2013
    As a gamer who has always preferred simulators like Gran Turismo, I bought this game because I really enjoyed the first Grid game. It is a lot of fun, as even though it isn't really a simulator, it isn't overly arcady like a Need For Speed game. The graphics are absolutely stunning, really pushing the limits of the PS3. The controls take some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, the turning feels really good. I haven't tried online play yet, but the single-player story has been good enough to keep me occupied. Full Review »